Saturday, February 03, 2007

Mark T. Resh killed in helicopter crash

Capt. Mark Resh, 28, was one of two soldiers killed in a helicopter crash Sunday, following combat with Iraqi insurgents in southern Iraq.

“He wanted to be an Apache pilot,” said his father. “He wanted to fly the Apache helicopter.”

His parents, residents of Fogelsville, described him as quiet and humble.

Resh’s mother said he tried to prepare her in case he died while in Iraq. But she said that even with the preparations, the news of his death still froze her.

"Mark always told me if two men show up in uniform, you know why they're here," said his mother. "You hope that they're going to tell you something else, but yet I guess you know."

Resh studied engineering at the University of Pittsburgh on a full ROTC scholarship and graduated at the top of his class.

He joined the Army in 2001 and was deployed to Iraq in September 2006.

The Reshes said their son was proud of his work oversees but was also looking forward to civilian life.

From NBC 10